Question of the Week: Satan

We recently started a new feature here on Get Up With God. Send your deepest, thorniest, most mind-boggling Bible questions to getupwithgod1@yahoo.com and I’ll do my very best to answer ’em in 100 words or less.

This week you get two questions for the price of one:

What does the Bible really say about Satan?

The Bible describes Satan as a fallen angel who rebelled against God, was thrown out of heaven and now battles against humans and God.

“Satan” literally means “adversary” and that’s exactly what he is. He’s also called the devil, the accuser, the evil one, the father of lies, the prince of darkness and the god of this age.

How should Christians react to Satan?

The Bible warns us to be “self-controlled” and “alert” because Satan “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” We’re told to “resist him, standing firm in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8). If we resist Satan, he’ll flee from us (James 4:7).

God has infinitely more power than Satan. “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Satan is a creature — not divine. While he has powers to deceive, tempt and accuse, he is finite and limited in space and time.

Jesus modeled how to deal with Satan and his deceptions. We should know God’s word, be filled with the Spirit and do God’s will. By his life, death on the cross and resurrection, Jesus has already dealt Satan a death blow. Satan’s defeat will become obvious and final at the end of the world when he and his followers will be thrown into the eternal fire.

The Trinity (In 100 Words or Less)

We’re starting a new feature here on GUWG. Send your deepest, thorniest, most mind-boggling Bible questions to getupwithgod1@yahoo.com and I’ll do my very best to answer ’em in 100 words or less.

Here’s our first question:

Could you explain the Trinity in a way that doesn’t make my head hurt?

The word “Trinity” isn’t in the Bible. It’s simply a way of explaining an almighty God to us not-so-large-brained humans.

There is only one God. But He exists eternally as three separate people: Father, Son and Spirit.

The Father starts the creation and redemption process. The Son redeems creation. The Spirit is our advisor here on earth and sanctifies believers.

So, in one sense God is one and in another He’s three. He’s one essence and three persons. The three are so close in relationship that they form a unified one.

How does this apply to us?

The Trinity is a beautiful picture of what relationships should look like. Over and over, the Bible urges us to live in love and unity “in” God. In fact, Christianity is basically one giant love-fest with love binding believers together in one body with the triune God as the head.